Animals & Wildlife

Black snake with head raised

Dealing with Black Snakes Around Your Home or Garden

Black rat snakes and black racers are nonvenomous snakes that eat mostly rodents and other small animals. Read on to find out some common myths about black snakes and how to deal with any close encounters you might have in your yard or garden.

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Green June beetle on leaf

Attack of the Green June Beetles

I headed out to my garden early to pick vegetables and had charged well into the tangle of tomato plants before I heard and saw hundreds of huge, green June beetles swarming and buzzing all around me! Read on to find out more.

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Corn eaten by deer

Vegetable Garden Price to Pay for a Summer Vacation

Deer are abundant on our farm, but for most of the summer, they’ve left my garden well enough alone. However, when I went out of town for July 4th, the deer decided to have an Independence Day feast of their own, and our garden was the main dish! Read on to find out more.

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Squirrel hole gnawed in eave of house.

How to Keep Squirrels from Damaging Your Home

Squirrels can cause extensive damage to a house. Read on for some tips on how to prevent squirrel damage to your home.

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Homemade bird feeder baffle on pole

DIY Squirrel and Raccoon Bird Feeder Guard

While feeding birds is a popular pastime, feeding squirrels and raccoons is not.To keep the furry critters away from your bird feeder, make a DIY guard from a piece of stovepipe. Watch this video to find out how.

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Carpenter bee flying

How to Deal with Carpenter Bees

Chances are you’ve been buzzed by carpenter bees when working outside your home, and you may also have the telltale holes in your wood where the bees build their nests.

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Irrigation system sprinkler

How to Keeps Rodents Out of an Irrigation Control Box

Beth asks, “How can we stop an animal from chewing the wires in our irrigation control box?”

Damage from critters can be a real problem in an irrigation control box. Read on for some tips on how to keep your irrigation system safe from pests.

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Baby chicks

Chick Season!

Ever been driving along, minding your own business when you see something so exciting you swerve off the road? You know, like a yard sale in a rich neighborhood, or a burning building, or the “Hot Doughnuts NOW” sign. Well, one of those exciting moments for me comes during the arrival of baby chicks. Read on to find out more.

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